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The top of the top beaches in Crete

Chania ● Crete ● Heraklion ● Lassithi ● Rethymnon ● 26 April 2017
 

Crete is the largest island of Greece, and it is an amazing place with rich history and archaeological sites to visit, delicious culinary culture and cuisine and wonderful towns, like Rethymnon, Chania and Heraklion, which offer many activities and wonderful pictures to their visitors. Located between the Aegean Sea and the Libyan Sea, Crete is an exotic island, whose beaches will remind you of Africa and make you feel being in heaven thanks to the combination of the calm and clear waters of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean-like landscape and sand. In every district of Crete, there are numerous wonderful beaches, but the beaches of this article are the top of the top of the whole island that make you definitely plan your next vacations on this blessed island, which is amazingly beautiful in every location and prefecture.


1. Balos

Located on the north western side of Crete, in the region of Chania, Balos amazes its visitors at first sight. White sand, turquoise waters and the feeling that you are swimming in a lagoon make this place an internationally awarded beach. You can reach Balos by boat from Kissamos.

Balos

2. Falassarna

Falassarna is also located in the region of Chania, in a close distance to Kissamos Town. It is a long sandy beach, family-friendly thanks to its shallow waters, soft sand and touristic facilities that include umbrellas and sunbeds. Near the beach, you can visit the archaeological site of Ancient Falassarna.

Falassarna

3. Vai

In the region of Lassithi, lies the beach of Vai, a shore you won't believe that it is in Greece. Surrounded by the largest palm tree forest in Europe, with 5,000 palm trees, Vai Beach is a beach that reminds of the exotic shores of Africa, Asia and Caribe. White sand, crystal waters and the warm sun make you believe that you have found the heaven on earth.

Vai

4. Preveli

On the southern side of the prefecture of Rethymnon, Preveli is a place of stunning natural beauty. A river flows into the sea, passes from many palm trees and forms a lake near the sand. The beach is unorganised and unspoiled, but there are water sports facilities to explore the lake and the river.

Preveli

5. Elafonissi

Elafonissi, in the region of Chania, is an astonishing beach with white and pink (literally!) sand and exotic waters. Cedar trees reach the coastline creating a beautiful scenery. The beach is not organised, and only a few cantinas can be found there, but camping is allowed behind the beach.

Elafonisi

6. Matala

Matala is the famous during the '60s and 70's beach as a hippie place. The caves above the beach created a perfect scenery for the hippies to stay and have fun, but today this long, sandy, organised beach is ideal for families that want peace and leisure.

Matala

7. Gaidouronissi

From Ierapetra, a small town in the southern side of Lassithi, you can take the boat for an excursion to Gaidouronissi, a tiny island also called Chrissi. Crystal waters, golden sand and few umbrellas that do not spoil the landscape make this beach one of the most beautiful in Crete.

Gaidouronissi

Where to Stay

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Georgia Hotel
8.9 10
Georgia Hotel
10, Vagias Str., Amoudara, 71500 Heraklion, Greece

Hotel Georgia is a family run hotel located in the area of Amoudara, just 100 m from the long sandy beach. The distance from the center of the lively and bustling capital of Crete, Heraklion is 3.2 km. The international airport of Nikos Kazantzakis is at 10 km and the main port in Heraklion is 7 km away from the property.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
11th km of old road Heraklion-Rethimnon, Tílisos, 71500 Heraklion, Greece

The Arolithos Traditional Village Hotel is located in a complex of buildings representing traditional Cretan village 12 km away from Heraklion. The distance from the Nikos Kazantzakis airport in Heraklion is 15 km. The distance from the beach is 5 km.

Hotel in Chania, Greece Halepa Hotel
9.4 10
Halepa Hotel
164, El. Venizelou str., 73133 Chania, Greece

Halepa Hotel is located in the well know, quiet area of Halepa, just 1.5 km from the city center of Chania. Koum Kapi Beach is at 700 m. Chania International Airport "Ioannis Daskalogiannis" is a 15-minute drive away, while the port of Souda connecting Chania with Piraeus, Athens is at 7 km.


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